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Left 4 Dead 2 banned in Australia

Left 4 Dead 2 banned in Australia

The Office of Film and Literature Classification, or OFLC, is Australia’s governing body that is responsible for classifying video games, films, and books; similar to the ESRB in the United States. A quick glance at the OFLC database shows that Valve’s upcoming Left 4 Dead 2 has received a rating of “RC”, which stands for “Refused Classification”.

What this really means is that Left 4 Dead 2 is now banned from being sold in Australia.

Back in June, we reported that the refusal to classify games not suitable for those over 15 was applicable only to brick and mortar sales; however, the ban now applies to downloadable games as well, which means Australian gamers will not be able to purchase this game over Steam, Xbox Live, or through any other legal channel.

Icrontic Gaming has contacted the OFLC for a statement; we’ll be sure to update you with the info.

UPDATE: 11:15PM EST: We have received word from the OFLC and posted their decision report.


  1. Cliff_Forster
    Cliff_Forster Australia, what the fuck??
  2. ardichoke
    ardichoke but... that means I won't get to hear Yahtzee rip L4D2 a new one ;_; CURSE YOU AUSTRALIA!!!! CUUURRRSSSEEEE YOUUUUUUU!!!!!!!
  3. BobbyDigi
    BobbyDigi Yo Australia, I'm really happy for you, I'm gunna let you finish but Thrill Kill was one of the best banned games OF ALL TIME!
  4. Bandrik
    Bandrik Okay, now that is another example of sheer bullcrappery. First they don't get root beer, and now they don't get L4D 2?!

    I used to consider Australia the only non-North American country I would feel at home at. I now am reconsidering. Bah. (I kid, I still like Aussie-land, but it's still harsh...)
  5. Linc
    Linc Sometimes I seriously wonder if Australia is actually of British decent or not.
  6. Thrax
    Thrax Apparently Puritan descent.
  7. hayd3z all people of Australia unight and complan to the oflc if we all do this thay will do to Left 4 Dead 2 as thay did to GTAIV
  8. Koreish
    Koreish Yahtzee will just get a NA one like he does for most big titles.
  9. ardichoke
    ardichoke Does he? I recall him mentioning in reviews in the past that he's had to wait for the Aussie version to come out before he could get his hands on it and review it. I believe he made a big deal about that in a Rock Band or Guitar Hero review.
  10. Champski This is a discrace. Im from OZ, and if i cant buy this game legally, I'll just have to aquire it by some other means i guess... (I'll leave that to your imagination)
  11. Mike They can't ban EBay - yay for imports - often cheaper too!
  12. Koreish
    Koreish Let me rephrase that. He gets American imports on games like Halo or Mario. Big titles that everyone and their mother are going to buy.
  13. CHRIS GUY This is terrible... that's all I have to say.
  14. Obsidian
  15. DD RC just means it's banned for now.... Happened to many games, Bloodrayne, Fallout 3.... they just need to wait/change what OFLC wants them to change

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